Pause

There’s nothing like a sense of urgency to get folks moving. An emergency causes immediate action.

Placing faith in Christ is not the result of emergency, but immediate opportunity! What do these next moments provide – right now – for you in your journey as a believer?

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Listen

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Mark 1:14-15

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Think

As youth, when we think about our lives, we believe we have all the time in the world. There is no hurry. Folks tell us to slow down and enjoy life, because we have the rest of our lives ahead of us, right?

But as we grow up, we soon realize that time is one of our most precious gifts, and it is, in fact, a limited resource.
Jesus truly understood the idea of his time on earth being a gift. There was not a moment to waste, an opportunity to pass up, or a situation to be forgotten. Jesus lived his life on a mission, and when his time came, he couldn't help but share God's love with everyone around him.

As we follow in Jesus' footsteps, we too are asked to make each moment of our lives count. It doesn't mean that we don't ever kick back now and then, but that we are ready, when our time comes, to speak up and do something in the name of our faith in Christ.

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

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Pray

Lord, remind me that everything I have is a gift from you, especially my time. May I use the moments of this day in ways that bring honor to you. Amen.

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Go

As we work together with him we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you." See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Elizabeth Evans Hagan

Elizabeth Evans Hagan is pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist Church in Reston, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC. She regularly blogs about the art of pastoring and the adventure of faith at Preacher on the Plaza . Elizabeth is married to Kevin, and together they enjoy watching as many movies as possible and planning their next vacation, preferably to somewhere with a beach.

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